Urban Agricultural Series: Community Gardens Model Ordinance


By: Cumberland County, PA, Planning Department


Urban Agriculture

This model ordinance was developed by the Cumberland County Planning Department using a variety of ordinances from municipalities in the county and around the state and from ordinances in surrounding states. The model is intended to provide a review of issues involved in regulating community gardens in urbanized areas. It includes sections on purpose and intent; definitions; permitted uses; specific criteria for community gardens, including development standards, composting, farmstands, and animal keeping; and a permitting process. 

Cumberland, PA

2010 Population: 235,406

2010 Population Density: 431.57/square mile